Wildlife Pond at Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary

by HORNBEAM WOOD HEDGEHOG SANCTUARY in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

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On 4th December 2023 we successfully raised £2,286 ( + est. £219.50 Gift Aid ) with 28 supporters in 35 days

Create a wildlife pond providing homes to a range of animals including newts, frogs, toads, dragonflies and many other invertebrats.


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We would increase the size of the wildlife pond and also buy and plant native hedgerows and trees. It would also allow additional landscape around the pond and meadows created within two acres of land at Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary.


Hornbeam Wood Hedgehog Sanctuary is located on the same lands that made up Grahame Dangerfield's Animal Sanctuary and still uses many of the original pens and cages. The sanctuary is based in Harpenden/Wheathampstead in Hertfordshire with 10 Acres of woodland and open fields home to all kinds of local wildlife including Barn Owls, Bats, Deer, Foxes, Hedgehogs, Rabbits and more.




Ponds are a critical part of Hertfordshire’s natural capital, providing homes to a range of animals including newts, frogs, toads, dragonflies and many other invertebrates. A map study in 1986 revealed that in just under one hundred years the total number of ponds in the county almost halved, from 7,007 in 1882 to 3,595 in 1978 (Herts County Council, 1987). Many were lost during the period 1955-85 as agricultural practices changed, particularly the change from pasture to arable. Currently 3086 ponds are shown on the Ordnance Survey maps while the Hertfordshire Habitat Survey 1994-96 found 2608 ponds. The condition of ponds is also declining. The 1986 survey (based on a sample of 730 ponds) revealed that 80% were in a poor condition. Only 3% supported a reasonable flora and fauna.

In 1993 The Wildlife Trust re-surveyed 50 of the ponds identified in 1986 as being of the highest quality in order to try to assess any trends. Of these 50 ponds only two (4%) were found to be well managed, while, alarmingly, five (10%) had been destroyed. The remainder (86%) were either poorly or un-managed. In light of this, pond restoration, management and creation are all a priority for Hertfordshire.


A family run Charity that looks after British Wild Hedgehogs. Setup in April 2015 and based in Harpenden, Hertfordshire and covering the surrounding areas.

Martin was nominated for the Green Award at the BBC Make A Difference Awards 2023. Mother and son are involved on a daily basis and the Charity rehabilitates wild hedgehogs and orphaned baby hoglets that are sick, injured, or underweight. Over the last six years we have rescued, rehabilitated, and released close to 2000 injured or orphaned hedgehogs.

1696013070_hwhs-logo-with-txt-760x315.pngHELPING BRITISH WILD HEDGEHOGS:

The Wild British Hedgehog has been included in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List for British Mammals. Their population has decreased by about 50% in urban areas and 70% in rural areas since the year 2000. It is estimated that 100k -350k hedgehogs are killed each year on the roads.

Their habitats have been diminishing and their inability to access and travel through gardens and across roads has become in most cases, impossible. Roads create invisible barriers and also physical barriers for hedgehogs. The use of poisons like slug pellets, and intensive agricultural farming also have a part to play in their decreased populations through the loss of hedges and pesticides.


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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

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You will receive a hedgehog themed thank you gift pack.

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Your name, or a name of your choosing will be scribed on to a plaque with thanks for your contribution to the creation of the wildlife pond.

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